Topeka remembers historic March on Washington

Dele Adegbore, a sophomore at Topeka High School, delivers Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during a commemoration of King's speech Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

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Today marks a historic anniversary.  It’s been fifty years to the day when the March on Washington was held and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, and this afternoon, State and Local leaders joined to celebrate the anniversary.

Governor Sam Brownback joined a Topeka pastor to ring a bell at 2:00 p.m., the same time that Dr. King began his famous speech at the National Mall in Washington D.C.  But today at the Brown V. Board of Education National site, a commemoration to Dr. King and that historic speech, made some see that the speech represents what our Nation “needs to be.”

“He had an incredible impact on this country, on this nation,” said Gov. Brownback.  “That speech, that prophetic speech still rings true across this land.  It still stirs.  Who could sit here today and not be stirred by that speech.  Dr. King was a sacred man, a man of the cloth, his words prophetic.”

After Dr. King’s speech was read, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and what he sacrificed.


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